Article 38

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This Article sets out the minimum requirements of employment contracts.

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Article 38. Employment contracts shall be in writing, authenticated by the Department and shall consist of three copies, with two copies for the parties to the contract and a third copy to be deposited in the Department.

Employment Contracts shall govern the terms of work and a work relationship between parties to the contract. The Employment Contract shall specify in particular the following information:

  1. The name of the Employer and the place of Work.
  2. Name of a Worker, qualification of a Worker, nationality of a Worker, profession of a Worker, place of residence of a Worker, and other necessary information to verify his/her identity.
  3. Date of conclusion of the Employment Contract.
  4. Nature and type of Work and the place of contracting.
  5. Date of commencement of work.
  6. Period of the Employment Contract, if applicable (in the case of a fixed period).
  7. Agreed Remuneration, date and method of payment.

In the absence of a written Employment Contract, the Worker may prove the Work relationship and the rights arising therefrom by all admissible means of evidence.

Law /Qatar / Labour Law No. 14 of 2004

Qatar Labour Law 2004 governs the terms of employment of the majority of workers working in Qatar. The Labour Law sets out the minimum entitlements of workers employed in Qatar, and as such, it contains a number of important protections for workers, prohibits child labour, prohibits recruiting foreign workers by or through unlicensed recruiters or agencies,bans recruitment agencies from charging recruitment fees, and provides for mechanisms to enforce its provisions.

Any stipulations contrary to the provisions of the Labour Law are void unless more advantageous to the employee.